“I’m going to entrust you with the most important mission ever given to a Cornish knight: to protect the life of the princess until she’s safe.”
When a brave young farmboy (Kerwin Mathews) saves Princess Elaine (Judi Meredith) from the clutches of a giant, he is made a knight and charged with the task of protecting her. Soon he finds himself battling other monsters conjured by the evil wizard Pendragon (Torin Thatcher).
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Anna Lee Films
- Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, and Mythology
- Witches, Wizards, and Magicians
It’s easy to see why Peary lists this much-maligned fantasy flick in the back of his book as a Sleeper — it’s been so roundly dissed as simply an inferior imitation of Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion adventures that it never stood a chance on its own. While it’s true that the animation can’t hold a candle to Harryhausen’s creations, it’s exciting to see Jack battling various monsters, the story moves along at a fast pace, and the romantic leads are appealing. Jack the Giant Killer may not be must-see viewing, but it’s not awful, either.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Kerwin Mathews as the plucky hero
- Judi Meredith as the bewitched princess
- Lots of fast-paced action, colorful costumes, and creative make-up
No, but it’s recommended for fans of fantasy flicks.